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How to wash soft toys safely

Soft toy : a toy animal made from cloth and filled with a soft material so that it is pleasant to hold

How to wash soft toys safely

It can be such a worry, can’t it knowing how to wash soft toys safely

My son has this orang-utan.

He is a much loved, much cuddled, well-travelled bear who lives in our house. He most certainly needs a wash.

Do you have someone like that living in your house? Mr. Orangutan once got left in Greece. Many tears ensued and oh my goodness were we completely delighted when the very kind owners of the villa we stayed in found him and sent him home.

He had been most carefully looked after ever since.

Favourite teddies are most precious, aren’t they!

‘Care For Your Bear’ is a new campaign launched by Dettol to encourage us to get washing our children’s soft toys.


Should we wash soft toys

The campaign aims to highlight the importance of keeping children’s soft toys hygienically clean, especially after they have been ill, in order to keep our kids healthy and stop the germs spreading. It makes total sense right? We all do that don’t we?

Don’t we?

Dettol found that the vast majority of teddies are not washed after a child has been ill and that 20% of our kids favourite cuddlies have in fact never ever been washed. Oops.

It’s all a bit ick! But oh it is a worry.


How often should we try and wash soft toys safely

Dettol’s research showed that 25% of teddy bears contained bacteria linked to faeces and 66% contained straphylococcus aureus which is a microbe linked to skin infections, respiratory disease and food poisoning.

Have look at the infographic on how to wash soft toys safely and I bet you’ll be gathering teddies to wash just as soon as you finish reading! It’s an actually a serious health hazard not to ….




I have to say part of what puts me off washing teddies is the fact I do not want to spoil them or my clothes. Bear-ing that in mind, here is some teddy washing advice…



infographic on how to wash soft toys safely


You can pop over to the  Dettol Care For Your Bear Twitter page @DettolTeddy to find out more

If you have a tip for how to washing soft toys do leave us a comment below and don’t forget to check out our other parenting posts.


How to wash soft toys safely



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Now more than ever we need to ensure our homes are clean and virus free so it is a really great idea to get washing the soft toys..but oh be careful! You could be in MAJOR trouble if anything happens to go wrong. Wishing you all the very best of luck!


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  1. November 19, 2015 / 6:23 am

    Eeek! My daughter has a much-loved bear. He gets washed about once a year at the most (we always hand wash him). The main thing that puts me off washing him is him not being dry in time for bed. She’s generally very careful about hygiene, but always picks him up straight after she’s been to the toilet, before she washes her hands! I might be giving him a quick wash now I’ve read this.
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  2. November 21, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    Thats scary but true i now i think about it just because i cant see any ikkies on his teddys doesnt mean there not there. My worry wpuld be ruining his teddys especially his 1st ones but id rather he didnt catch anything or become ill. Teddy shall be going in the wash.
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  3. December 2, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    i have a business and my son has a toy. I might be giving him a quick wash now I’ve read this.
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